Holiday – China: Beijing

Thursday 19 May After a 13 hr overnight train ride from Xi’an we arrived in Beijing. I had an interrupted sleep and was tired like everyone else. After a taxi ride in peak hour traffic, an experience in itself, we arrived at our hotel. Unfortunately rooms aren’t ready (we have […]


Holiday – China: Xi’an

Tuesday 17 May After going off the train it was a short ride to the hotel where our rooms happened to be ready which was very fortunate. Time for a shower before heading to breakfast. A few of us decided to head out for a walk before meeting everyone for […]


Holiday – China: Yangshuo

Wednesday 11 May Yangshuo seems pretty busy with lots of activity. Not a large developed city like Shanghai, the town has quite a buzz. We walked to West Street which is where all the action is, particularly at night. We popped into Lucy’s for breakfast. It was good to have […]


Holiday – China: Hangzhou

Tuesday 10 May After a hotel buffet breakfast, we went to the West Lake region and popped into Longjing Tea Plantation Visit. It’s a musuem about all things tea. I’m not a tea drinker but it’s quite fascinating learning about tea. We then sat in a room where we had […]


Holiday – China: Shanghai

Friday 6 May My time in Taiwan has come to an end and now I’m off to Shanghai. I thought the lunch served in the airplane would be Asian but was Western. Quite disappointing and the entire plane bar the few foreigners must be wondering what this is. And I […]


Holiday – Taiwan

Tuesday 3 May It’s been a long time since I took leave so I’m really excited for my next trip which begins with a visit to Taiwan. After catching the midnight flight I landed in Hong Kong before it was a quick dash to get to the next boarding gate […]


Alfred's Pizzeria - Rocky Pizza

Alfred’s Pizzeria – 23 Apr 2016

I was invited to Alfred’s Pizzeria to get a sneak peak of the small bar and pizzeria before they officially open their doors to the public on Tuesday 26th April. Located opposite the State Buildings towards the corner of Barrack Street and St George’s Terrace, lies this hidden gem underground the Perth CBD. Formerly a record shop, the intimate space has been revamped to reflect an American gangster style hangout which goes with the theme of an American Italian club taking you back to the 80s and 90s. There’s guns, pizza, alcohol and rock n roll, with the venue adorned with memorabilia from the US, wall paper from the 60s, fake cash, weapons, handcuffs, and items encased in trapdoors. Seating up to 30 people, there’s a large selection of alcoholic beverages to choose from and lots of pizzas on the menu. They also offer pizza by the slice. If you’re really into cheese, there’s also a cheese board available. I really enjoyed the pizza’s and will be back to try the other items on the menu.


Side Door BBQ - Brisket, Pulled Pork, Cornbread

Side Door BBQ – 14 Apr 2016

I’m pleased to say Perth finally has a restaurant which does justice to American barbecued meats, prepared the way it should be and tastes just like it does in the US. I ordered a serve of pulled pork which was fantastic. Tender, moist and coated in delicious spices the pulled pork is so delicious. I also ordered a serve of the beef brisket which cuts like butter and oozes meat juices and flavour. This went down a treat and the homemade sauces on the table can be utilised to add more flavour to each bite. I also got a serve of the cornbread mini loaf with maple butter which was so yum and enjoyable. I really loved the food and the New York couple running this place is doing America proud. The serves are, if anything, overly generous and exceptional value for money, so don’t order too much and if in a bind, you can ask for it to be packed away. Can’t wait to try the other items on the menu.